What’s on around the area today
HAYLING ISLAND: Royal British Legion, PO11 9ES. 8pm. Salsa. Learn beginners and extended beginners salsa, with group dances. Admission £6.
FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. 2-4pm. Knit and Natter. A small friendly group. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.
HAVANT: The Curlew, Petersfield Road, PO9 2HU. Open mic night.
PORTSMOUTH: Howard Road Community Centre, Hilsea. 10.30am-12.30pm. Social Group for the over 50’s. Tea, cake and a warm welcome. £2 per week. Call (023) 9268 8705 for more details.
PORTCHESTER: Portchester Methodist Church, Castle Street. 7.30pm. Portchester Society Meeting. Topic for discussion will be Isle of Wight railways and the Isle of Wight steam railway by Roger Silsbury. Guests and visitors welcome. £1 per head donation appreciated.
PORTSMOUTH: National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3NH. 2-4pm. Naval Dit Day. Share your memories and stories of the Navy with others with a cup of tea and biscuit. Visit historicdockyard.co.uk for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: The Hillside & Wymering Centre, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove. 9.30 – 11.30 am. Connor’s Toy Libraries. For play, friendships, socialising, toy loan, craft and other activities. Includes a healthy snack. Admission £2 per family per week. Outreach support provided for non confident or vulnerable families. Call (023) 9283 2926 for more information or visit ctlib.org.uk
PORTSMOUTH: St Nicholas Church Hall, Battenburg Avenue. 7.30pm. Solent Male Voice Choir. Rehearsal evening. The choir is recruiting for new members. Call (023) 9282 9214 for more information about the group.
PORTSMOUTH: RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, PO4 9PN. 7pm. Nick Courtney presents. Including music from Collyde, Sean Parker, Jimmy Stuart and more. Visit rmatavern.co.uk for more information.
SOUTHSEA: The White Horse, Southsea Terrace. 2-4pm. Southsea Seniors Social Group Meeting. A chance to chat and meet new people. Contact (023) 9268 8705 for more details.
SOUTHSEA: The Pyramids Centre. 6.30pm. NME Awards Tour 2015. Celebrating its 20th anniversary. Tickets £17.16. Visit pyramids.co.uk for more information.
COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. Paintings by Gwenda Stephens and Belinda. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.
FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.
GOSPORT: Gallery@Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Haslar Hospital – The Splendour and Decline. Haslar stands ready to serve in a new chapter. With the building empty Philip Woolway ARPS photographically captures Haslar in its current state. Admission free.
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. These Stories Of Old Stones. Become immersed in and inspired by the long ago world of castles, chivalry, maidens and knights. Though now many of these once grand and imposing sites have fallen into ruins, they hold a fairytale appeal, with crumbling turrets, worn spiral staircases and doors to rooms that no longer exist. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Chris Briden: Street Art. Southampton-based artist Chris has developed a photorealist style after years of working within designated legal graffiti sites. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Wendy’s work is inspired by her love of nature and Jill’s designs are influenced by the simple shapes and clarity of form of the cultures of Ancient Egypt and prehistoric Britain. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Beetles, bugs and minibeasts. Some of the dead beetles, bugs and minibeasts collected by artist and local resident Becky Dunn over the last 30 years. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk for more information.
PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, south corridor, ground floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Portraits. This exhibition shows highlights from a series of photographic portraits of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. Admission is free. For more, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk
SOUTHSEA: Southsea Library, 19-21 Palmerston Road, PO5 3QQ. 9.30am-5pm. Arthur and George Exhibition. A joint exhibition from The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at Portsmouth City Council and the forthcoming ITV production in which Martin Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Admission free. Contact (023) 9281 9311 or visit conandoylecollection.co.uk for information.
WALKS & TALKS
PORTSMOUTH: Meet at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road. 10.30am. Stamshaw Foreshore Walk. Healthy walk with views to Portchester Castle. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.
PORTSMOUTH: Meet outside Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 12.15pm. Lunchtime Walk. Take a break with this brisk walk to Gunwharf or Southsea and back. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth’s Independence and Wellbeing Team. (023) 9268 8390.
WINCHESTER: All Saints Church Hall, Denmead. 7.30pm. Apples don’t just grow on trees. Talk on apple cultivation by retired Blackmoor Estate manader Peter Barwick. Organised by Denmead Horticulture Association.